It rained yesterday.
That’s *big* news in Los Angeles. We haven’t had rain in months.
The storm brought dramatic looking clouds with it, and while it was still raining the *biggest* rainbow I’ve ever seen spread across the sky right in front of us.
and as we stood watching, it became a double rainbow…
I’ve never seen such a beautiful rainbow, or such a large one before! Perhaps because we’re on a hill with no buildings blocking our view, both the rainbows spread out in front of us, end to end.
Unfortunately the wide-angle lens on my camera was unable to capture the entire rainbow arc.
Update on the Space Shuttle Endeavour: the enormous aircraft is on its way from LAX (the airport) to the Science Center.
As I mentioned in my earlier post on the shuttle, in order to make room on our city streets for the five-story-tall Endeavour with a seventy-eight-foot wingspan, about 400 trees had to be chopped down, cable and telephone lines had to be raised, and steel plates had to be laid down to protect the streets and underground utilities.
The estimated cost of transporting it across town? + $10 million.
The Endeavour is being moved on a specialized carrier typically used to haul something like an oil rig. As the wheels can spin in any direction, it will allow it to zigzag past obstacles.
The route was selected after ruling out other options.
- Dismantling the shuttle would have ruined the delicate heat tiles.
- it’s too big for a helicopter
- can’t fit through any of the freeway underpasses.
I did think of going to watch it, but when I heard about the road closures and the expected crowds, I stayed at home…
In this CNN link a couple of videos of the Endeavour moving down our city streets.
I’ve included the following video if you’d to know some history of the Endeavour.
Published on Sep 16, 2012 by CoconutScienceLab
Credit: NASA KSC